Though his family heritage is Italian, racing superstar Dario Franchitti is Scottish to the core. Both his parents were born in the rolling country to the north of England. Franchitti, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took up driving while studying at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh. The capital city is "absolutely stunning," he tells 'Men's Journal,' "though I probably didn't fully appreciate it at the time."
Franchitti keeps an impressive home in Scotland, and he's there with friends and family as often as he can be. He drives, of course, but he also enjoys touring the coastline from the deck of a sailboat, another of his passions. "The country's so compact so you can see the whole thing in three days," he says. Following are some of the IndyCar Series star's favorite things about Scotland.
The tiny fishing port of Tobermory (pop. 700), on the Isle of Mull off Scotland's west coast, is another of Franchitti's favorite destinations. The town faces the mainland, which sits across the narrow Sound of Mull. Just around the northern edge of the island, where the sound meets the Atlantic Ocean, the sailing can pick up considerably. "When you lose the shelter of the island," says Franchitti, "it can get pretty rough."
Along with Oban and Croabh, Tobermory hosts the West Highland Yachting Week event every August. "The sailors tend to end up always in the same pub," says Franchitti, along the town's colorful main street on the harbor. "It's kind of like Portofino in Italy, but colder."
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